A Truly Love-ly Day...
Hope all of you had mah-velous Valentine's Days! We did it "low-key" this year--got the kids some goodies, got each other some goodies, got some really special goodies from the girls, went to church and was inspired about love, then came home to watch "American Idol," Alabama basketball, and "Lost." A bit atypical (can't remember the last time G and I didn't go out on Valentine's Day), but that's okay. We will make up for it when G is feeling all better. Besides, every day should be V-Day, don't ya think?
Some great memories from yesterday, though. Thought I'd share some pictures that really communicate the joy and love...
One of G's fave candies is Toblerone, so I bought a big-honkin bar for him and altered the wrapper (it then said, "You R the One" lol) . . .
Got a lovely garden rose plant from G. This will definitely go in the flower garden come Springtime. (Will it get here quickly, please?) . . .
Always have SO much fun picking out stuffed animals for the girls. This year I did PERFECTLY in picking out the ones that fit their personalities. When they saw them all together, they immediately picked out which ones were theirs . . .
A fun group picture (love how Scout just jumps in to act as goofy as they do). . .
Made some really yummy heart brownies, and S helped me bake some of these easy frozen Val-Day sugar cookies . . .
It was SO cold last night, so after we got home from church Gary got a crackling fire going. It felt and sounded so good (sheesh, these pics make me realize howI need to clean. Please ignorethe ashes on the hearth. lol) . . .
But the BEST part of the day was the homemade surprises given to us by the girls.Delaney had helped make valentines with Sydney the night before, and Gary and I both got one (btw, S kept saying it was Happy Valentine's Day...notValentine's Day...it was too cute) . . .
And the BEST was the coupon book that all three girls made together for us. McKenna came up with the idea (she loves to scrapbook and is always working on some sort of project) . . .
It had 10 different coupons for us to redeem . . .
and had this sentiment at the end. Both Gary and I teared up. It means so much when your kids tell you that they appreciate you, and they are saying it on their own. Made my day. . .
I hope that your day was filled with similar realizations. And I hope that you all realized, whether you are in marriages or have children or are in tough situations or in none at all, that there is love all around you. It can be in the wonderful friendships you have, or with a sister or a brother; it can be simply in the joy of living and enjoying simple pleasures every day; and it can be in the knowledge that God loves you no matter what!
Now, I CANNOT let this post go by without mentioning my Valentine's Night tv watching. I watched the Bama-Florida basketball game downstairs in the den and ran upstairs during commericals to get American Idol updates from the girls.
Alabama had me believing for a while there that they would come through and beat #1 Florida (we were ahead by 18 at one point), but the Gators ended up being too strong in the end and we lost another game. It's starting to get depressing!
There are quite a few guys and gals that made it to the Top 24 that I still don't know anything about, so next week will be good to hear them sing more. But right now I'm really digging Chris--aka the Jack Osborne look-alike (he can really sing!), Brandon, and several of the other guys. The guys, in fact, are impressing me more than the girls right now. What do you think?
And then.... Holy Cow!!!! What about "Lost" last night??!!! It just blew me away with the whole Desmond-time trippin' thing and the revelation that he's just trying to save Charlie.AND, I got online and found several articles that revealed through interviews with the show's producers that there really is an over-arching plan for all of these things that we've seen through the three seasons so far; it really is all going to come together! I know it's lost some viewers, but I still really love this show!! What do you think?
And finally. . . I got like 35 comments on yesterday's post and will have the girls draw a name from them this afternoon. I will announce tomorrow who my RAK winner is!
Happy Thursday... and stay warm!! (It's still SO cold here!!)